We pay out
- the Higher Education Discretionary Funds
- the Higher Education Childcare Fund
We refer to all as Discretionary Funds.
Full time undergraduate students
You are eligible to apply to the Discretionary Funds if you are in receipt of the maximum student loan available to you from your UK Funding Authority. Unfortunately, the Discretionary Funds are not available to EU or Overseas students. Any EU or Overseas students finding themselves in financial difficulty, should seek advice and guidance from Student Funding as to whether they can apply for any financial aid.
Part time undergraduate students
You are eligible to apply for Discretionary Funds if
- you meet the SAAS residence criteria and,
- are studying a course as part of a degree programme.
UK postgraduate students
You can also apply if in financial difficulty. Students eligible for funding from SAAS or SFE need to have taken out the maximum funding available to them before they are eligible to apply for assistance from the Discretionary Funds.
Please note that students in receipt of an Education Psychology training grant as part of the two year MSc in Educational Psychology will not be entitled to support from the PG Discretionary Funds.
PGDE students in receipt of the STEM Training Bursary provided by the Scottish Government would also need to have taken out the maximum SAAS funding to which they are eligible, to be able to apply to the Discretionary Funds.